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2013-05-20 08:42:14 AM
If it wasn't for the people, I would dine out more often.
 
2013-05-20 08:44:17 AM
Nowhere on that list does it say not to tip, the best money saving advice of all.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-20 08:46:19 AM
Both sites keep track of empty seats and offer discounts to customers who fill them. It may take awhile to narrow search results, but the end result may please the palate.

Do you really want to eat at a restaurant that does airline-style capacity management?

Splitting an appetizer or grabbing a small snack before heading to the restaurant can save some dough.

If you're poor, don't get both an appetizer and a meal. Lots of places have a queasadilla on the appetizer menu that will serve as a meal for a small person.

But then they go on to talk about wine lists and people who can afford wine, so maybe my lower end restaurant experience is irrelevant.  (I could afford wine if I drank, but I don't drink and rarely go anywhere fancy when I eat out.)
 
2013-05-20 08:48:45 AM
Split a dinner, the portion sizes are such that honestly a single dinner can easily feed two people

shiat sometimes three depending on where you go.

And we wonder why we are such fat farks sometimes
 
2013-05-20 08:49:35 AM

WhippingBoy: Nowhere on that list does it say not to tip, the best money saving trollingadvice of all.

 
2013-05-20 08:49:52 AM
Tip #4: Become a Congress critter so you can write off the entire meal as a "business expense" and have tax payers cover it all.
 
2013-05-20 08:50:18 AM
don't dine out while hungry


Following this wisdom slightly further it would also save money not to eat at all when hungry, that money-saving pre-meal snack costs money too. How about I eat dust and rocks?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-20 08:53:20 AM
Also, lots of places spell quesadilla correctly on the menu.
 
2013-05-20 08:53:31 AM
You're generally not gonna have a relaxing night if you're counting your pennies like that. You're better off just buying groceries and a bottle of wine and making it a date night at home
 
2013-05-20 08:54:05 AM
Stupid article is stupid.
 
2013-05-20 08:54:32 AM

t3knomanser: WhippingBoy: Nowhere on that list does it say not to tip, the best money saving trollingadvice of all.


Fetch me some more bread-sticks, boy, and this shiny quarter is all yours.
 
2013-05-20 08:55:51 AM
The best way to save money on dining out is to go out with a guy, he'll pay.  All it will cost you is a little dignity later.
 
2013-05-20 08:57:14 AM
Losing several IQ points by reading a moronic article is NOT what I need early on a Monday morning.


/save gas by not driving when you don't have to go somewhere.
//save clothing costs by not wearing clothes.... ever.
 
2013-05-20 08:58:57 AM

GalFriday: The best way to save money on dining out is to go out with a guy, he'll pay.  All it will cost you is a little dignity later.


LOL
 
2013-05-20 09:00:32 AM

GalFriday: The best way to save money on dining out is to go out with a guy, he'll pay.  All it will cost you is a little dignity later.


"Which hole am I going to put this in that brings me the least amount of shame"
 
2013-05-20 09:01:01 AM
Tipping thread!
 
2013-05-20 09:01:27 AM
Don't order pop/soda. I know you get free refills but $2.50* is a bit much for flavored carbonated water.

*Prices may vary by area. $2.50 is the norm in Metro Detroit.
 
2013-05-20 09:01:29 AM
Um, dine and dash?
 
2013-05-20 09:01:33 AM

cookiefleck: You're generally not gonna have a relaxing night if you're counting your pennies like that. You're better off just buying groceries and a bottle of wine and making it a date night at home


I hate date night at home...all of the things/people I want to get away from are there...

I just buy discounted gift cards. Problem solved.
 
2013-05-20 09:03:34 AM

YoOjo: don't dine out while hungry

Following this wisdom slightly further it would also save money not to eat at all when hungry, that money-saving pre-meal snack costs money too. How about I eat dust and rocks?


Do not drive when you have a destination in mind.

Never have sex when you have an erection.

Do not drink water unless you are bloated.
 
2013-05-20 09:04:35 AM

airsupport: YoOjo: don't dine out while hungry

Following this wisdom slightly further it would also save money not to eat at all when hungry, that money-saving pre-meal snack costs money too. How about I eat dust and rocks?

Do not drive when you have a destination in mind.

Never have sex when you have an erection.

Do not drink water unless you are bloated.


Don't wizz on the electric fence.
 
2013-05-20 09:08:26 AM
I usually just get a drink... slug it down, then subtly refill it with the little airline booze bottles.  Your face feels just as numb if you paid $7.50 for the second drink, vs $1.00.   When someone comes around, it just looks like you are nursing your drink a bit.
 
2013-05-20 09:08:50 AM
This was a really lame as hell article. Don't dine out when hungry?! Really?
Why am I dining out then?

Derp.
 
2013-05-20 09:09:41 AM
Eating a snack before you go out to eat is kind of like rubbing one out before a date.
 
2013-05-20 09:11:23 AM

GalFriday: The best way to save money on dining out is to go out with a guy, he'll pay.  All it will cost you is a little dignity later.


How about a date? ;-)
 
2013-05-20 09:11:45 AM

HKWolf: Don't order pop/soda. I know you get free refills but $2.50* is a bit much for flavored carbonated water.

*Prices may vary by area. $2.50 is the norm in Metro Detroit.


If $2.50 is an amount of money you worry about, you should be at home hunting cockroaches for dinner.
 
2013-05-20 09:13:07 AM
Fake a heart attack to get out of paying the check noticeably absent
 
2013-05-20 09:14:12 AM
This link was almost as useless as the Porter Stansberry abomination...mods hung over or something?
 
2013-05-20 09:16:54 AM

WhippingBoy: airsupport: YoOjo: don't dine out while hungry

Following this wisdom slightly further it would also save money not to eat at all when hungry, that money-saving pre-meal snack costs money too. How about I eat dust and rocks?

Do not drive when you have a destination in mind.

Never have sex when you have an erection.

Do not drink water unless you are bloated.

Don't wizz on the electric fence.


Take some wooden nickels

bite off more than you can chew
 
2013-05-20 09:17:13 AM

fat boy: GalFriday: The best way to save money on dining out is to go out with a guy, he'll pay.  All it will cost you is a little dignity later.

How about a date? ;-)


But I want a very expensive meal.
 
2013-05-20 09:19:20 AM

Fano


Take some wooden nickels

bite off more than you can chew


You can be a coffee achiever.

You can sit around the house and watch 'Leave It to Beaver'.
 
2013-05-20 09:20:15 AM

thurstonxhowell: HKWolf: Don't order pop/soda. I know you get free refills but $2.50* is a bit much for flavored carbonated water.

*Prices may vary by area. $2.50 is the norm in Metro Detroit.

If $2.50 is an amount of money you worry about, you should be at home hunting cockroaches for dinner.


Yeah, but if four people order sodas, it gets spend...

I know! With free refills, get one drink and four straws!
 
2013-05-20 09:20:36 AM

Mega Steve: Fake a heart attack to get out of paying the check noticeably absent


Also absent is the dine and dash option.
 
2013-05-20 09:21:19 AM
Instead of grabbing the house wine, which is easy to sell at any price, take a look at the imported wine list,

Or just don't get wine at all.  Awesome concept!
 
2013-05-20 09:24:22 AM
I love the "look at the imported wine list" advice. Quick, should Banfi Poggio all'Oro Brunello 2004 cost more or less than Stag's Leap Artemis 2007? Both would be great with a steak, and one retails for three times the other.

Best advice for saving money on a night out where you're having a bottle of wine... check out the restaurant's wine list, call them to make sure that they allow corkage (a fee for opening and serving wine brought by customers -- usually $10 to $40), and bring something you like that's not on their list. So long as the corkage is less than the markup you'd have paid, you've saved money. Last time Mrs. Tallman and I went out for a really nice meal, I brought a $100 bottle that's closest equivalent on their wine list cost $350 (single-vineyard Stag's Leap District cab, with a sub-500 case run yearly). Even shelling out $35 for glassware and service, I felt like we came out way ahead, with the whole meal costing just shy of $200 with tip, as it'd have been easily $500 otherwise.

/yes, I do work in the wine industry.
//no, I didn't pay the full $100 retail.
 
2013-05-20 09:27:47 AM
Buffet.
 
2013-05-20 09:32:24 AM

thurstonxhowell: HKWolf: Don't order pop/soda. I know you get free refills but $2.50* is a bit much for flavored carbonated water.

*Prices may vary by area. $2.50 is the norm in Metro Detroit.

If $2.50 is an amount of money you worry about, you should be at home hunting cockroaches for dinner.


He did say Detroit so that is probably common practice.
 
2013-05-20 09:35:26 AM
The tacos in the article look pretty tasty.
 
2013-05-20 09:38:46 AM

FatPrincess: Buffet.


My husband loves buffets. We go to a casino sometimes with a seafood buffet. They almost always have something going on, so most of the time we get free music, (the entertainment area is close to the buffet. They put up a curtain between the two, but you still get to hear it...which is the important part).

It's nice for a casino also, it's harness racing and they have a pleasant tiered dining room so you can watch the races. The food is fresh and plenty.

I guess it's kind of a weird place to go for dinner, but the drive is nice, it's fun, and at $12 everyone leaves happy.
 
2013-05-20 09:39:11 AM

take_flight: cookiefleck: You're generally not gonna have a relaxing night if you're counting your pennies like that. You're better off just buying groceries and a bottle of wine and making it a date night at home

I hate date night at home...all of the things/people I want to get away from are there...

I just buy discounted gift cards. Problem solved.


Well yeah, this was more of a suggestion for DINKs and people that actually like their wife and kids they helped produce.
 
2013-05-20 09:39:18 AM
Jail them all!
cdn.iwastesomuchtime.com
/hot
 
2013-05-20 09:40:17 AM
For the real penny pinchers.  A 1 liter of water at a gas station costs as much or less as that supersized assault on diabetes at a fast food restaurant.  Add a dollar menu item or two and voila
 
2013-05-20 09:41:28 AM
Sorry, wrong thread.
 
2013-05-20 09:51:14 AM

cookiefleck: take_flight: cookiefleck: You're generally not gonna have a relaxing night if you're counting your pennies like that. You're better off just buying groceries and a bottle of wine and making it a date night at home

I hate date night at home...all of the things/people I want to get away from are there...

I just buy discounted gift cards. Problem solved.

Well yeah, this was more of a suggestion for DINKs and people that actually like their wife and kids they helped produce.


I go to eat with my husband, and never said that I don't like my kids. I actually love them very much, (well, one is iffy...), but I haven't had a day off in years. Sometimes I do like to get a break from cooking at least. If spending time with your "wife and kids they helped reproduce" is a date night at home, then every night for the last 2 months have been a date night for me.
 
2013-05-20 09:54:16 AM
For the tech savvy, one option is to make reservations online,
If you're that tech savvy, why don't you build your own holodeck with working replicator. You can simulate any restaurant there.
 
2013-05-20 09:54:22 AM
the advice for saving money overlaps with the advice for not being a fat fark. if you need 3 courses to fill your gut then you can easily share an app and a dessert instead of ordering one each.

also, you can make a nice meal sharing 4 or 5 apps instead of ordering mains. it's cheaper on balance and entrees tend to be piled high with filler like potatoes or rice, whereas apps tend to give you a range of offerings.
 
2013-05-20 09:55:30 AM

WhippingBoy: airsupport: YoOjo: don't dine out while hungry

Following this wisdom slightly further it would also save money not to eat at all when hungry, that money-saving pre-meal snack costs money too. How about I eat dust and rocks?

Do not drive when you have a destination in mind.

Never have sex when you have an erection.

Do not drink water unless you are bloated.

Don't wizz on the electric fence.


See a doctor and get rid of it.
 
2013-05-20 10:02:14 AM

GalFriday: fat boy: GalFriday: The best way to save money on dining out is to go out with a guy, he'll pay.  All it will cost you is a little dignity later.

How about a date? ;-)

But I want a very expensive meal.


Fine.  You can order the large combo, but you better be prepared to do the weird stuff.
 
2013-05-20 10:02:56 AM

Fano: WhippingBoy: airsupport: YoOjo: don't dine out while hungry

Following this wisdom slightly further it would also save money not to eat at all when hungry, that money-saving pre-meal snack costs money too. How about I eat dust and rocks?

Do not drive when you have a destination in mind.

Never have sex when you have an erection.

Do not drink water unless you are bloated.

Don't wizz on the electric fence.

Take some wooden nickels

bite off more than you can chew



Do not eat the yellow snow.
 
2013-05-20 10:05:52 AM

take_flight: cookiefleck: take_flight: cookiefleck: You're generally not gonna have a relaxing night if you're counting your pennies like that. You're better off just buying groceries and a bottle of wine and making it a date night at home

I hate date night at home...all of the things/people I want to get away from are there...

I just buy discounted gift cards. Problem solved.

Well yeah, this was more of a suggestion for DINKs and people that actually like their wife and kids they helped produce.

I go to eat with my husband, and never said that I don't like my kids. I actually love them very much, (well, one is iffy...), but I haven't had a day off in years. Sometimes I do like to get a break from cooking at least. If spending time with your "wife and kids they helped reproduce" is a date night at home, then every night for the last 2 months have been a date night for me.


Friggin hamburger helper dinner can be romantic, if you really love your spouse and have the right kind of booze.
 
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